Perhaps there was a time when you looked around your house, and you no longer felt satisfied or contented with its design. Maybe you’ve never touched or changed anything inside or outside of your home for several years. Or perhaps the décor trend you tried a year ago is now looking dull and outdated. When you’re feeling these things, there’s no doubt you’re craving to update and revamp your home. Unfortunately, some of you may choose not to do so due to budget restrictions.
However, transforming your home doesn’t necessarily mean spending lots of money on new things. With a few tweaks, creativity, and some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) skills, you’re on your way to refreshing your home. So, fall in love with your house again by trying out these 11 budget-friendly ways of transforming your home.
One of the reasons your house might look dull and uninspiring is because of the clutter you’ve left on every corner. Sometimes, it’s difficult to recognize when your home is already cluttered, especially when you’re used to seeing those extra things on the floor or flat surfaces. Some of them might also block your decorations, making your home look like a complete mess.
So, before you even get started with changing your decorations, start by decluttering the entire house first. Once you’re done, you can call rubbish removers to dispose of your waste and extra stuff on your behalf. By doing so, you could watch as a neater and more spacious home shows up right in front of you.
2. Refresh the paint of your rooms
One quick and easy way to transform your home without hurting your budget is by simply slapping fresh paint on your rooms. You don’t even have to be a seasonal painter to tackle this job. As long as you have the basic supplies at home like paint rolls, brushes, trays, painter’s tape, and some drop cloths, you’re good to start. Overall, DIY house painting may cost you AUD$200 or less, including the paint. If you’re painting a large space, you can let your family members join the fun in painting and refreshing the whole house.
3. Plant more greens and flowers
Meanwhile, if your outdoor space is starting to look plain and empty, transform it by simply adding more plants and flowers. You can either buy affordable flower seeds on the market for AUD$2 to AUD$5 or ask for some from your neighbour, who’s a gardener.
If you’re not an avid gardener, you can stick to planting the easy ones like perennials, marigolds, ferns, and shrubs. For finishing touches, you can invest in a cheap outdoor pole umbrella from Dreamo Living and other furniture shops for less than AUD$90 and place it close to your flowers. Don’t forget to also look out for discounts and promos.
4. Replace your hardware
It’s amazing how a quick change with your hardware can transform your home’s overall aesthetic. Hence, if your doorknobs, faucets, and even kitchen cabinet handles are beginning to look rusty and old, you can replace them with new and affordable ones. You can find new hardware pieces for AUD$5 per piece or less. Although, keep in mind that updating and installing hardware can be a tedious job. Therefore, make sure you could dedicate a whole day to completing this project.
5. Re-caulk your bathroom
Seeing those brown and chipped caulk lining in your bathroom tiles is a huge sign of a bathroom revamp. You shouldn’t worry as this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to pull off a costly bathroom renovation or swap your entire bathroom tiles with new ones. You only need to buy a new caulk, which probably costs around AUD$2 to AUD$4 per tube, then you can start re-caulking your bathroom. Applying it isn’t difficult, but make sure to do it right or watch caulking video tutorials to avoid re-caulking them next year.
6. Add a hammock
Another way to enhance your home exterior is by adding outdoor seating. However, a whole set of outdoor seating could range from AUD$700 to AUD$1,000. One way you can add outdoor furniture on your lawn without breaking the bank is by investing in an outdoor hammock. You can place this in your yard or patio not only for an aesthetic touch but also for functionality. A hammock could cost AUD$52 or less, depending on the brand and type of material used.
7. Add decorative touches to your cabinets
While repainting your cabinets is a cheap option to revamp them, you can also go for another alternative by sticking stylish washi tapes on the cabinet edges. A pack of 10 tape rolls will only cost you AUD$12, and you can pull this off within five minutes. Besides their unique touch, they’re also removable. Hence, making it easier to change them as often as you want.
8. Transform your old couch
Undoubtedly, buying a new sofa will cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But if your old couch is still functional, you can utilize and transform it instead to make it look brand new. You can buy a sophisticated slipcover for your sofa for less than AUD$40 and use it to cover your old couch for a successful transformation. Several slipcovers are also available in different sizes and colours, depending on your home’s aesthetic. Now you could get a new-looking sofa in your living room that’s great for your budget.
9. Refresh your furniture pieces with wood polisher
If you have old and worn-out wooden furniture pieces in your living room or outdoor space, you can quickly refresh them with a wood polisher. You can buy a bottle of wood polisher for only AUD$9 and use it to polish your wooden furniture and other hardwood surfaces you have around the house. If you have hardwood floors, you can also use this to make your floors look sparkling new.
10. Enlarge your room with mirrors
You might be looking for a way to enlarge your room without going through the costly room expansion and room renovation. Hence, consider investing in oversized mirrors for AUD$60 to AUD$70. A large mirror could create an illusion to make any room look more spacious than it is. It can also capture more natural light, automatically making your home look welcoming and brighter.
11. Add a new rug
The beauty of rugs is how they can quickly pull a room together and add style and warmth to any space they’re in. So, transform your living room by purchasing a new stylish area rug for a price range of AUD$30 to AUD$60, depending on the size and design. Make sure you pick a style or pattern that complements your existing decorations to avoid colour clashes.
Transforming your home isn’t always about how much you spent to make it seem new. Most of the time, it’s how you work with what you have as you find a way to revamp them. So, try one or more of these options and see which one works best for your home.